COVID-19 UPDATE: Thank you for your interest in applying to our artist in residence program. At this time, in line with California Governor Gavin Newsom's ongoing shelter-in-place order, the Ananta team has decided to indefinitely postpone the 2020 residency program. We are still accepting applications with the hope that we are able to move forward at a later date, but at this time it is important to prioritize the safety of our communities by complying with government mandated social distancing. Your application will automatically be considered when we reschedule the residency after the pandemic. You will not need to reapply. Please continue to check this webpage for updates about rescheduling as this crisis develops, and hopefully soon, subsides. We hope you remain safe and healthy through this difficult time.

Ananta is a home, a retreat center, and an artists’ haven set in
the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ananta is a place to consider the possibility that through our artwork we become co-creators with nature. We believe the ideal relationship between technology and nature is a reciprocal one, and that art has the power to sensitize humans and our machines to the meaning manifest in nature. This six-week rent-free residency is an evolutionary experiment at the intersection of nature, art, and technology seeking to explore the wild and wired frontiers of human consciousness. 

This opportunity is emerging out of a partnership between Ananta, Building 180 (a San Francisco-based art production and consulting agency) and the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness graduate program at California Institute of Integral Studies (a university striving to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities, and the earth).

Serene poolside view at the Ananta artist residency.

This is a call to artists and makers who want to explore the potentials of communication between human and nonhuman nature. We are searching for up to four participants to join in a collaborative venture aiming to nurture and express their artistic visions. Ideal applicants may find themselves pondering questions like:  

  • Can artistically informed technologies help translate the voices of nonhuman nature or, perhaps, simply help human beings to be better listeners?
  • Can immersive art, allied with contemporary technologies, help attune and rehabilitate our human sensibilities to the language of nonhuman nature?
  • How might technological innovation be directed toward the flourishing of human and nonhuman life forms?
  • What kind of creation results when we aim to integrate our human subjectivity with the evolutionary powers of the universe? 
  • How might the re-integration of nature and consciousness inform our artistic approach? 
  • How might a more cosmologically-informed artistic lens transform the way we design and relate to emerging technologies?

Thinking about these prompts, we ask applicants to consider the following questions:

  1. Are you applying as an individual or as a collaborative team (more than one person)? Please describe your work.
  2. Please provide applicable links to your work.
  3. What is the vision/mission behind your work? 
  4. How do you understand the relationship between human creation (e.g. art, technology) and nonhuman nature?
  5. How do you see your art contributing to the conversation between human technology and nonhuman nature? 
  6. What is your artistic process? 
  7. Explain your ideal work day and how you would go about it:
  8. What do you plan to focus on during this time? (200 words)
  9. Studio requirement needs if applicable
  10. Tell us about yourself!: You'll be living in a secluded area with other artists and program affiliates. We’ll share these answers with other artists and use them to ensure a cohesive fit amongst participants.
  11. How did you hear about us?

The residency culminates in a final celebratory showcase of our artists’ work at the main campus of CIIS in San Francisco. 

Please note that you will be living and working alongside people who live at Ananta as their home. While Boulder Creek, CA is a secluded area, there is a thriving community. Community involvement and dedication to remaining on the property as much as possible is encouraged and can greatly benefit your experience. You will also be living with between 2-4 artists selected for the program.


Ananta at Twilight.


  • A 6-week residency in Boulder Creek, CA 
  • 2 acres of land to explore on the Ananta property including a pool and gardens
  • 300 acres of public forest in Boulder Creek, CA adjacent to the property 
  • Inclusion in Ananta events and gatherings including special visiting guests who will offer inspirational talks and workshops
  • Private living quarters in the 5-bedroom house
  • Access to a communal kitchen


COVID-19 UPDATE: Thank you for your interest in applying to our artist in residence program. We know this is a very uncertain time for all of us. As such, we cannot guarantee the residency will take place on the original scheduled dates. We will still be accepting applications in hopes we're able to move forward, but prioritize the safety of our communities (and you). Should the schedule change, your application will automatically be enrolled for the following scheduled program. You will not need to reapply. We encourage you to apply and hope you remain safe and healthy.

  • Ananta applications are now open (Applications opened 2/20/2019)

  • March 27, 2020: Submission Deadline / Applications Close

  • March 27-April 9, 2020: Applications Review

  • April 10, 20201: Artists Notified of Selection

  • May 15, 2020: Move in Date / Residency Begins

  • June 4, 2020: Mid-Residency Event

  • June 26, 2020: Residency Showcase / Residency Ends


  • All applicants must submit by the deadline 
  • All applicants must be over 18 
  • All applicants must have their own means of transportation - Ananta is secluded in the hills of Santa Cruz 
  • Artists will be asked to host a community workshop and/or private “show-and-tell” 
  • Participation in the end-of-residency event/showcase End-of-program exit interview to assist in the betterment of the program

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